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A rock fisherman is in a serious condition in a Brisbane hospital after falling 100 metres down a rocky cliff face at Cape Byron on Sunday night.

The 66-year-old man sustained serious head injuries and was forced to cling to rocks for five hours before being rescued around 5am.

Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Association members had to abseil 100m down a rocky cliff face to get to the 66-year-old man and bring him to safety.

The man was winched aboard the EMQ Rescue Helicopter from Queensland as the Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter was busy elsewhere.

EMQ Helicopter Rescue base manager Greg Beer told APN media that the night rescue, performed with night vision goggles, was ‘remote and hazardous’.

Mr Beer said a friend of the man had gone for help and by the time he had returned the 66-year-old man had fallen further down the rocks.

The Brunswick VRA crew sent a member down the rock face to assess the man’s condition and stablise him.

A further two members and a paramedic also abseiled down the cliff to manoeuvre the man into a safter position where he could be winched onto the helicopter.

He was winched onto the helicopter and flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where he remains in a serious condition.

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